Cleaning for The Prevention of Fires.

A major potential fire hazard, the oily residue that is common in all kitchen ventilation systems will be collected through your system unless cleaned periodically. This oily residue basicly acts as fuel would when connecting with cooking flames, egniting and causing a very serious problem. It is common to find that most reseraunt fires have been caused by this very problem as the oily residue builts up rapidly due to the heavy use. When ignited the oily residue creates a fire that is extremely hot and difficult to put out. CSA Hygiene offer a regular cleaning programes that are tailors depending on the level of use. According to a topical fire research report conducted by the UK Fire Administration, a large percentage of restaurant fires originate from the kitchen. Statistics show that restaurant fire peaks during pre-lunch hours when the kitchen is busiest, and in 2002, 68% of these fires were started due to ignited grease and cooking oil. Although fatalities and injuries were minimized by fire prevention equipment such as smoke alarms and automatic fire extinguishers, preventing the inception of restaurant fire is always best to avoid pricey property damage. One way to prevent restaurant fires is a sticking to a regular hood cleaning maintenance schedule. Hood cleaning is actually a fire security procedure. In fact, hood cleaning is a government mandate. It involves the removal of fire hazards from areas where common causes of restaurant fire exists such as grease buildup and flammable deposits in interior surfaces of your kitchen exhaust system – along ducts, fans, and hoods. Accumulated grease in kitchen areas takes more than soap and water to wash off. Special cleaning chemicals and tools applied by trained professionals are needed to remove these fire hazards. Hood cleaning specialists not only ensure that your kitchen exhaust system is properly cleaned. They also watch for possible system blockage and ensure that the system is working properly.

Benefits of Hood Cleaning

Apart from being the primary defense against restaurant fire, hood cleaning also has a number of additional benefits. When regularly implemented, you can minimize instances of product contamination and, thus, you can improve your health standards and public reputation. At the same time, hood cleaning improves your kitchen ventilation. It helps eliminate smoke and unpleasant odors, and it provides a better working environment for your kitchen staff.
  • Reduce the risk of fires
  • Improved working environment for kitchen staff
  • Improved ventilation for smoke and odours
  • More efficient system, longevity and mechanical parts
  • Compliance with current fire, health and safety codes
  • Lower insurance premiums
Upon completion of cleaning work a full report will be issued including pre and post clean photographs. A hygiene certificate will also be provided and an indication of timescale for the next clean. This is based on the table below:
Heavy Use 12-16 hours per day 3 monthly
Moderate Use 6-12 hours per day 6 monthly
Light Use 2-6 hours per day Annually
Hood cleaning is therefore an important routine in kitchen maintenance and fire protection. Restaurant owners should be vigilant in making sure that this routine is being done properly and regularly by partnering with hood cleaning professionals.